A word from Sead Doric:
As Ernest Hemingway once said, the traffic accidents always happen to others and even when they do happen to us they are not relevant anymore. I thought the same way about the security of web sites and expected that hacking always happens to others. Well, it seems that the day of winter solstice of 2010 was reserved for hacking www.doriclenses.com. The site was down for about 24 hours and not only that information about our products was not available on internet during that period, but we might have lost some of the messages sent to us. Those messages are relevant to us and if you suspect that your message has been affected, I kindly ask you to send it again (may spammers restrain their temptations).
Anyway, it has been a year since I wrote my last blog about the optogenetics. Have the things changed since? They did indeed. First of all, my personal perception of optogenetics was radically altered after FENS 2010 in Amsterdam and Neuroscience 2010 in San Diego. What I have considered a scientific curiosity, turns out to be a mass movement. That was particularly evident at Neurocsience meeting in San Diego which hosted over 32 000 people and the buzz word was the optogenetics.
Meanwhile, at Doric Lenses Inc level, there has been lots of refocusing. Our involvement with optogenetics that has started with a simple 1x1 fiber-optic rotary joint, has escalated to a full blown catalog of optogenetics hardware products that covers everything from light sources and rotary joints to patch cords and fiber-optic cannulas. We have attended FENS and Neuroscience meetings for the first time and felt as guests of honor. After more then 15 years in photonics business and many exhibits behind me, I can only tell that today's interest of optogenetics and neuroscience researchers for photonics technologies resembles only the era of the fiber-optics telecom boom.
Unlike the first in-vivo experiments, where the behavioral reaction of the test animals to the light pulses was sufficient to create a buzz, the emerging trend is to combine electro-physiology and optogenetics, or in simpler words to combine electrodes and optical fibers in optrodes or complex arrays of electrodes and optical fibers. Karl Deisseroth mentioned in an article that light sources for optogenetics are no longer just yellow and blue light but symphonic orchestra of wavelengths. Along these lines, I would say that optogenetics research looks like a theater stage where you have everything: the light show (delivered by optical fibers), the microphones (electro-physiology electrodes) and the cameras (optical fiber based fluorescence sensors), while the neurons, proteins and ions are the actors given the specific roles by researchers. The role of the theater critics is taken by fluorescence spectrum, electro-physiology measurements and ultimately by the animal behavior.
We wish you lots of light in the New Year.
Sead Doric, President
Doric Lenses Inc. ...on the light side of optogenetics
P.S. We are closed from Friday, December 24th, 2010 to Monday, January 3rd, 2011.